11 Albert Street, ALEXANDRA
All nature seems at work. Slugs leave their lair.
The bees are stirring – the birds are on the wing.
And Winter slumbering in the open air
Wears on his smiling face the dream of Spring.
- SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE
Densely packed with plants on a modest half-acre block, this garden is an ecosystem in itself with its own microclimate. The garden is layered like a forest with towering shade trees, a shrubby understorey of rhododendrons, camellias and azaleas, and carpeted with groundcovers.
With a structure that mimics nature’s organised chaos, life abounds here. Small birds flit from bush to bush, catching insects or stopping to sip on the nectar of salvias, while lizards rustle through the undergrowth and frogs call from their hiding places.
Inviting paths lead through clematis-covered archways into different garden rooms, and exploring the property is much like wandering through a quirky old house full of interesting things – it is a garden that captures the imagination of young and old alike.
Wisterias, some of which have gone wild up the giant liquidambars at the front of the property, roses and gardenias contribute their heavenly scents. For bursts of colour, there are potted succulents, daisies and irises. And a cool, lush feeling is imparted by the many ferns and queen’s tears bromeliads in hanging baskets and on pedestals, which are dotted throughout the garden.
- Rotary Club of Alexandra providing a cuppa and snacks
- Native plant sales (Saturday only 10am - 2pm)